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2016 Preakness Stakes

The 141st Preakness Stakes is quickly upon us from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Join us at the Sonoma County Jockey Club at the Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 21. All eyes will be squarely focused on undefeated Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, who dazzled his rivals with a clear and comprehensive front-running performance just two weeks ago. Standing in his way will be Derby runner-up Exaggerator, who was late on the scene in Louisville after overcoming considerable traffic trouble. Can Exaggerator turn the tables on Nyquist with a clear journey, or will Nyquist once again give Exaggerator and the rest of these newcomers the slip?

Cheer on your favorite during the Preakness Stakes. (Post time 3:45 PM PST) Doors open at 8:30 AM. Admission is $3.

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Analysis by Michael Patricks

Cherry Wine

Post Position #1
Morning Line Odds: 20/1
Chased home stable mate Brody’s Cause in the Blue Grass who ended up being a non-factor in the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Dale Romans has had past success in this race with Shackleford taking the 2011 running. Cherry Wine runs the final portion and the 1 mile and 3/16ths distance will be no problem, yet in order to sleigh these he is likely going to have to run past Nyquist and Exaggerator to have his picture taken. Traditionally, you don’t want to have too much work to do in this race turning for home and have the feeling Cherry Wine will certainly feel the crush from his foes on Saturday.

Uncle Lino

Post Position #2
Morning Line Odds: 20/1
Ran his eyeballs out in the California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos three weeks ago and showed tenacity and grit after prevailing in a long stretch drive. Now Uncle Lino steps back up under the bright lights where he has been a bit player at best. Several questions surround Uncle Lino today: Can he step up and handle the best sophomores going? Can he take his racetrack with him when he leaves California? Can he stay in the battle with Nyquist early and survive the war in the lane late? Coming off such a long stretch duel just three weeks prior, plus the ship East and step up in competition leads me to believe Uncle Lino will be having a very difficult time lifting his legs at the top of the lane; will take a pass.


Post Position #3
Morning Line Odds: 3/5
Arrives here as the prohibitive undefeated favorite. Sprung out of the gate like a jack in the box in the Kentucky Derby and was adroitly handled by his jockey Mario Gutierrez from there. The slight turn back in distance figures to suit him just fine with his preferred running style and do not be surprised to see Gutierrez try to win this race from the ½ mile pole to the ¼ pole, leaving Exaggerator with too much work to do in the lane. 3/5 is never easy to stomach in terms of a win mutuel and naysayers will point out that in the Kentucky Derby, Nyquist did not have a straw in his path in his march to victory. However, great horses create their own racing luck in their pathways to racing destiny. If the past is prologue, then you can certainly expect Nyquist to author his next undefeated chapter on Saturday afternoon.

Awesome Speed

Post Position #4
Morning Line Odds: 30/1
Slugged it out through the stretch with Governor Mailbu at odds-on in the Frederico Tesio from Laurel. The Tesio has long been Maryland’s natural stepping stone to the Preakness, however, the race has not yielded much success in the last several runnings. Awesome Speed was actually beaten a nose in the race and was put up in a disqualification as the winner. The last Tesio winner to also take the Preakness was Deputed Testamony in 1983. If Governor Malibu fended him off last time, how is it reasonable to expect Awesome Speed to be able to run tooth and nail with Nyquist and Exaggerator on Saturday? 30/1 seems generous in these waters.


Post Position #5
Morning Line Odds: 3/1
Emerged from the cavalry charge in Louisville and was certainly gaining ground on Nyquist in the lane. Unfortunately, Exaggerator was a victim of traffic trouble and could not get into the race early enough to be a realistic threat to the winner. With this field far less cluttered, and seemingly less talented on paper, Exaggerator should be poised to give Nyquist a legitimate fright late. Obviously his rider Kent Desormeaux will want to keep Nyquist in his sights, however, there is a legitimate concern in putting him in the race too early and taking away his primary asset which is his devastating late kick. Exaggerator’s best chance is if some of these pester Nyquist early and do the dirty work up front to try and soften him up late. There is plenty of speed signed on and he will be flying in the lane. His daddy Curlin won this race in 2007.


Post Position #6
Morning Line Odds: 20/1
Quirky son of Tapit was all over the racetrack in Louisville while finishing 9th beaten 10 lengths. Lani once again broke slow from the gate and was compromised from the start. Champion thoroughbreds possess a unity of a strong, focused mind to go alongside their natural physical abilities. It’s woefully clear that Lani is still maturing as a Colt and someday he may put everything together. Realistically, he ran around the track like a wild horse only 14 days ago and painting him in the most positive light it’s difficult to see him figuring it all out and putting it all together in this brief time table. Not for me.


Post Position #7
Morning Line Odds: 10/1
Son of City Zip has been developing nicely of late. After trouncing his rivals in New Mexico he backed up that performance by spread-eagling the field in the Lexington. It’s difficult to say that the quality of the field behind him at Keeneland was anything special, but anytime a horse pours it on in a Graded Stakes event, it’s certainly worth noting. On the downside, it appears that Collected wants to be forwardly placed and there is no shortage of speed in this race all around him. Collected can stalk and finish but it’s easy to envision him being pretty amped up amidst the raucous Baltimore crowd and thus a bit too close to the fire.


Post Position #8
Morning Line Odds: 30/1
Maiden comes to Pimlico in the most ambitious of spots conceivable. His claim to fame is running second to Shagaf in the Gotham, but Shagaf came back to flounder as the favorite in the Wood Memorial and then was eased in the Kentucky Derby. Quarter horsed to the lead in the Blue Grass, Laoban grudgingly gave ground late and it appears the horse has a will to compete. Guillot sheds the blinkers today. However, given Laoban’s free-wheeling and front-running style of going, it leads to the most logical of conclusions that he will end up being a pace casualty on Saturday. Expect every ounce of the 30/1 ML; would be the ultimate shocker.

Abiding Star

Post Position #9
Morning Line Odds: 30/1
In a familiar theme, this son of Uncle Mo has won five straight, all of them on the front end. Abiding Star has been very well managed and is going great guns right now. His entry in this spot seems to be a bit less of a Hail Mary than some, but obviously it’s a massive step up in class. Drawn wide, he will no doubt be wild and unbridled in trying to get to the front, yet doing so may come at a tremendous price to his ultimate chances of success. Having won his past five races at prices of 7/2, 9/1, 18/1, 3/1 and 3/5 begs the following metaphorical question: if you didn’t go to any of his weddings before, are you sure you want to go to the funeral today? Not for my money.


Post Position #10
Morning Line Odds: 30/1
Win-shy plodder will undoubtedly drop anchor and watch the battle unfold up front. His main strength rests in the fact he is in great hands and that the pace duel up front should be quite lively. But realistically speaking Fellowship comes back in just two weeks after failing to hit the board on the Derby undercard. Last time he faced Nyquist he was summarily handled by 4 lengths and finished a length behind Majesto who got his head handed to him in the Kentucky Derby. Fellowship’s last victory was in October of last year. Expect him to pass some tired ones in the lane--and if things break just right for him he could round up your Superfecta tickets.


Post Position #11
Morning Line Odds: 8/1
Lightly raced and improving dramatically with each start, Stradivari looks like the logical new shooter that will garner some wagering interest. Having won his past two starts by over 25 lengths is enough to make anyone sit up and take notice. Yes, this is obviously a class hike and he is a front running horse who is stuck widest of all. Today we will likely find out if Stradivari can add a new dimension by stalking and pouncing on his rivals. Stradivari made short work of his Allowance foes at Keeneland and horses like this can truly be any kind. Yet, the truth of the matter is this is a huge step up in class and he will be severely tested like he’s never been tested before. This horse may make better music later this year so follow his later performances into this Summer and Fall. But it might be a bit too optimistic to jump on his back and expect him to carry the tune today.

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